CHAPTER 9: IMMOVABLE DEADLINES

Why you should never move a deadline

New Year’s Eve celebrations provide a fascinating study in human perseverance. Every year, cities prepare for these events months (sometimes years) in advance of the December 31st deadline. They know that it is a fixed, timeframe, a deadline that cannot change.

In most cases, the New Year’s Eve event coordinators aim to present something even more spectacular than the year before – despite inevitable increases in the costs of materials, equipment and security. It is a daunting challenge for them to accomplish in a relatively limited timeframe. So, they hold planning sessions, allocate tasks to teams, acquire sub-contractors (e.g. fireworks technicians) and map out all of the ...

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